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  1. Brass Nipples vs. copper w/ sweated NPT fittings?

    Once we're into the longer lengths of brass nipples for faucet connections, does it make more sense to just use copper pipe with NPT fittings sweated to the ends?

    Or is over-stressing the sweated...
  2. stag·nant: Adjective (of a body of water or the...

    stag·nant: Adjective
    (of a body of water or the atmosphere of a confined space) Having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence.
    Showing no activity; dull and...
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    From one novice sweater to another, I've popped a...

    From one novice sweater to another, I've popped a seal on one (3/4" and using mapp gas), and had a pinhole leak in another (1/2" -- and probably because I was being too cautious i.e. nervous in a...
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    Acoustolator clamps/isolators & PEX???

    Today is my first foray into PEX for a hot water recirc loop.

    So far I've been using the orange and blue Acoustolator clamps with my copper installations. I understand that PEX is remarkably...
  5. Abandoned line in wall; stagnant water a concern?

    I'm installing a bunch of copper that serves current fixtures, but also runs to locations of planned fixtures.

    Nearly every current fixture will disappear, and the abandoned stub that I'll cap...
  6. Thanks for the confirmation. Re: your link,...

    Thanks for the confirmation.

    Re: your link, yeah, I bought the DF's based on CR's review, back well before I discovered your site, and around the time you wrote that post. We bought three. One is...
  7. One of the toilets is currently installed...

    One of the toilets is currently installed elsewhere, fed by a 1/2" branch off a 1" main, where it takes 50 seconds to recharge. So a real life 2.0 GPM, vs. a "book value" of 3.5 I think I'm supposed...
  8. 15' branch to lav sink, 2 toilets: 1/2" sufficient?

    I'm wondering if the water flow at a lavatory sink will be impacted if it shares a 1/2" copper branch also connected to two pressure-assisted low flow Gerber dual-flush toilets?

    I can pretty well...
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    I'm glad you're thinking about it. My...

    I'm glad you're thinking about it.

    My architect left me with a basement mechanical room with no floor drain, no provision for a condensate drain (have to run a wall-mounted pipe around half the...
  10. (sorry, thinking out loud in this reply....) ...

    (sorry, thinking out loud in this reply....)

    Then I guess the way to proceed might be a hybrid hot water loop / home run layout, with all fixtures supplied by the loop except for the 5 low demand...
  11. I may have been unclear with the layout I'm...

    I may have been unclear with the layout I'm considering:

    Hot water recirc loop w/ indirect boiler-fired water tank:
    > In-Law Washer > Kitchen sink > Dishwasher > In-Law Shower > In-Law Kitchen >...
  12. Mainly aesthetics. The portion along the...

    Mainly aesthetics. The portion along the retaining wall is running just above a flower bed, so I picked copper for appearance. The rest of the house is copper DWV, so it was easiest to keep it copper...
  13. I drew one, but I plan on a total of four to...

    I drew one, but I plan on a total of four to support the 20' of pipe -- two on the house, two on the retaining wall. Though I suppose I can cinch down the ones on the house, and leave the ones on the...
  14. I'm not even thinking about expansion caused by...

    I'm not even thinking about expansion caused by hot water. I'm just thinking of normal temperature variations, maybe 30° in the winter and 100° in the summer. That's where the 3/16" comes from.
    ...
  15. That's my MO. What are your thoughts John? Just...

    That's my MO. What are your thoughts John? Just solder the joint and don't worry about it?
  16. Something that works great for me is a...

    Something that works great for me is a oscillating tool fitted with a Dremel 482 blade. My particular tool is a cheapie pneumatic Harbor Freight unit, but there are a bunch of electric models...
  17. Separate Hot Water Systems for Lav sinks vs. Kit / Shower / DW / Laundry?

    I really got sold on the idea of a switch-activated hot water loop, and it got me thinking about hot water system efficiency in general. I'll be installing an indirect hot water heater, fired off a...
  18. Pictures are always a good thing: ...

    Pictures are always a good thing:

    http://www.booboodog.net/images/house/backyardsinkdrain.jpg

    Hospital Bracket:
    ...
  19. Expansion loop for exposed 2" copper drain line?

    I'll be installing 20 feet of exposed 2" copper, connecting to a backyard sink.

    The copper is a straight horizontal run, except at the midpoint there's a short jog laterally followed by a short...
  20. Protection for "exposed" outdoor copper drain pipe?

    I'm in the process of stubbing out a 2" copper drain connection that will eventually service a backyard BBQ sink.

    A portion of this connection will run horizontally across the base of a 10'...
  21. Minimum height requirement for a kitchen sink lateral drain?

    Let me try to put my question in simple terms, because it's kind of convoluted and I can't post a sketch at the moment.

    Basically, is there any restriction against running a 2" kitchen sink drain...
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    Hmmm... I'm hesitant to punch through my stucco...

    Hmmm... I'm hesitant to punch through my stucco for that since the inspector isn't asking for it, though it sounds like the cleanest solution. I think I'll err on the side of caution and install two...
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    On that note, I've got a somewhat similar...

    On that note, I've got a somewhat similar situation, but with the drain offset from the sink. Since the 'T' point will be behind a dishwasher, the inspector has suggested I add my cleanout to the...
  24. Color me astonished. I found the Promenade...

    Color me astonished.

    I found the Promenade parts diagram (in front of my face this entire time) and was pleasantly shocked that, rather than a canister of some sort, there's only a very normal...
  25. Advice on **converting** a Toto Promenade to Right Flush

    In our very compact half bath, I'm looking for an equally compact round bowl (26" depth + close wall spacing is a major attraction), ADA height, eco-type flush, right-hand flush lever.

    My choices...
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